In response to a statement by the Minister for Economic Revitalization Nishimura over a request to stop providing alcohol to restaurants, an executive of an industry group for alcohol sales met with the chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's political investigation, Shimomura, and said that there was a big backlash in the industry. I told you.
Regarding the request to stop the provision of alcohol to restaurants as a countermeasure against the new coronavirus, the Minister for Economic Revitalization Nishimura expressed his intention to have financial institutions work on restaurants, etc., but then Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato. "We have decided not to ask for cooperation with financial institutions," and withdrew the policy.
About this, the chairman of the National Retail Liquor Association Central Association, one of the liquor sales industry groups, met with the chairman of the Political Survey, Shimomura, at the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters.
According to the attendees, the Central Association pointed out that "alcohol has been the target for a year and a half nationwide, and I want you to tell the government that there is strong opposition in the industry amid difficult management." However, he also requested a polite explanation of the written request to the liquor distributors not to deal with restaurants that continue to provide liquor in areas subject to the state of emergency.
On top of that, he said that the effects of the new coronavirus had been prolonged, and called for stronger support for alcoholic beverage sales businesses.
In response, Mr. Shimomura responded, "I would like to deeply recognize the harsh current situation and urge the government to respond positively."